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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Ponta Delgada, Portugal. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Ponta Delgada?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ponta Delgada, they said:

"Ponta Delgada is the largest city on São Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal, known for its mild climate, natural beauty, and rich history. Before retiring in Ponta Delgada, expats should know that the official language is Portuguese, so learning the language would be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The cost of living in Ponta Delgada is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's important to consider that the island's remoteness can make certain goods more expensive. Healthcare in Portugal is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. The city has a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to living in bustling cities. Ponta Delgada has a maritime climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The city is safe with a low crime rate, but like any other place, it's important to take standard precautions. Portugal has a favorable tax regime for non-habitual residents, which can be beneficial for retirees. Expats should also be aware that while Ponta Delgada is a city, it is located on a relatively small island, which may not offer the same level of amenities or entertainment options as a larger city on the mainland. Portugal has a residency program known as the Golden Visa, which allows individuals who invest in the country to gain residency, something that could be beneficial for retirees. The cuisine in Ponta Delgada is heavily influenced by the sea, with fish and seafood being staple parts of the diet. Public transportation is available, but having a car can be beneficial for exploring the island. Finally, it's important to note that while Ponta Delgada is a popular tourist destination, it can be quiet during the off-peak season," said one expat in Ponta Delgada.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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